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Top 10 Android performance apps and tips that will speed up your device

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Top 10 Android performance apps and tips that will speed up your device
With news of the introduction of Android 4.3 some of you certainly have something exciting to look forward to, as the update makes its way around the globe. While this is a time of joy for some, do not be surprised if the next iteration of Google's OS isn't getting everyone as excited – for many it's a reminder of their own troubles with Android. To put it bluntly: only 38.9% of all Android users are running a version of Jelly Bean. That means, roughly speaking, some 500 million devices are missing out on all the performance improvements that versions 4.x and above bring to the table. What's more, if your device is among the ones left out, it's usually the case that your device is also probably running on some aging hardware.

With a userbase edging on the billion, making sweeping statements for all of the Android ecosystem would be a gross oversimplification. There is one thing that we dare postulate, though: everybody hates lag, even those of you running Google's latest and greatest. Hundreds of millions downloads of apps promising to boost your device back to its former glory or simply keep it in good shape are an objective indication of that.

Most of you have come across such apps, many have them installed as you read this. As you have probably figured by now – no one-click solution exists. As always, if you want good results, you have to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty. The guide below is aimed to be fairly simple, but there's also something for the more adventurous of you.

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posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:19 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nice apps and tips for optimized performance.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:46

2. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Hmm... tip #7? I don't recall tapping "Build Number" on my phone 7 times, but I've already got developer options available in my settings. Using a Droid Razr Maxx presently.
And, the three animation scale settings were set to 1x for me, not 1.5x.

Not sure if that may vary by phone/manufacturer, or if I actually went in there in the past and made changes without remembering it. But... all still good information to know, Set them to off to try it out. Doesn't seem to have caused any noticeable adverse visual effects. Guess they may as well be set to off then.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:16

5. Zeus.k (unregistered)

You can actually set all the animation to either off or 0.5 and can see a noticeable difference.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:19

6. Zeus.k (unregistered)

Also if you are rooted you can try unofficial AOKP with LINARO and your phone would fly. Running it on my good ol' GneX and my phone feels faster than even the current flagships.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:49

3. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 91; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

I never use live wallpaper, just 1 homescreen and no animation at all. I'll try other methods. Thank you.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 05:50

4. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

While i totally agree with last 3 tips, i find any of others may very well increase performance at the cost of increasing battery consumption. This is why i dont fiddle with my phone as much as i used to.

Also, on some phones (particularly the nexus range) you cant delete homescreens and are stuck 4 unused homescreen that we cant remove

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:01

15. TuanGugu (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

True! Sony homescreens can't be deleted...

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:24

7. Zeus.k (unregistered)

I don't agree with #8. It's been reported multiple times on XDA that actually lwp help decrease or eliminate the lag especially scrolling through home screens. I have personally tried it. Other myth about lwp is that it's resources hungry and consumes more battery which is simply not true. It only makes about 2% difference at the max.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 07:10 1

10. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Hey, Zeus.k, thanks for sharing. If you reread that particular slide, you'll actually see that I was kind of cautious not to make out LWPs a bigger deal than they are (we actually have a topic somewhere on LWP myths on the site).

Anyhow -- sure, the resources you're going to save are not gigantic, but they're there (compared with a static WP), and that's what I meant by milking your phone :).

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:14 1

12. Zeus.k (unregistered)

Gotchya. Cheers.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:26

8. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

greenify sounds nice

all this tweaking..... i want out of the box smoothness

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 06:30

9. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

Just buy nexus 4 and you will fall in love with it :)

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 08:31 1

11. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

meh. ive got a nexus 4 and im sick of mms not working. ive tried several tweaks and different apps, but i cannot get it to work.

im leaning more and more toward getting an iphone in the fall. :/

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:07 1

13. ebubekir26 (Posts: 334; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

wait for the Note III

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:14 2

14. isprobi (Posts: 696; Member since: 30 May 2011)

Tip 11 build a more efficient OS.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:35

16. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

tip 7 doesn't work for me. is it because i'm on 2.1?

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:57 1

17. ludegmo (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

When one of the most advanced flagships like the htc one only manages to multitask just 9 apps to run smoothly, its evident how powerful and true the multitasking power of android is.its sad

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 13:05

18. isprobi (Posts: 696; Member since: 30 May 2011)

A BlackBerry Z10 is essentially Galaxy S 3 level hardware. The HUB is always running to aggregate all your email, text and social media updates. You can also run up to 8 apps of your choice in full screen or Active Frame mode. And one or more of the 8 apps can be running in a Android virtual environment. All this happens without any intervention to keep things running smoothly.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 14:40 1

19. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Hi Chris.

I have a GS3 with merely 1 Gig of Ram. a 2012 phone.

I have 2 launchers: Launcher Nova with 3 pages, the central of which houses dashclock, and Holo launcher HD with 7 pages, each of which has a full screen widget (Keep, APW FB, Pure News, HD Weather, month calendar lite, Gtasks+agenda and calculator). These 2 launchers are constantly active and in memory.

In addition I got 4 lockscreen widgets : NiLS, HD Weather, Keep and calculator.

All this on a 2012 device with 1 gig of ram.

How? Do I use ANY of those apps you mentioned? No.

I rooted my phone and installed a custom rom. That is the No 1 tip you can give to someone who wants to improve performance and battery life on his\her phone: root your phone and install a custom rom.

Currently running Liquidsmooth 2.9 on 4.2.2. No OCing. No Custom Kernel.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 01:07

20. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Hi ilia,

I'm kind of big on custom ROMs myself; my N4 is speedy enough, so I allow myself the luxury of running the PAC ROM (which is basically like 4 ROMs in one).

That being said, the above 'guide' was mainly targeted at less advanced users, which is why flashing ROMs was omitted altogether :)

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 01:25

21. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

Hay Chris you should have mentioned over clocking as this is pretty safe if you know how to tweak the volteges right...

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 03:28

22. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

It's on the list :)

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 03:00

23. Lamb2014 (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)

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